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  • Ballet Folklorico costumes focus of Canoa display

    Jan 10, 2019 | Read More News
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    An exhibit of 12 beautiful dance costumes representing various regions of Mexico will be on display Jan. 12-Feb. 2 at Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road in Green Valley.

    Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The $10 donation includes the guided tours offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays if visitors view the exhibit on those days.  On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the $10 donation includes viewing of the permanent exhibits in the Manning Jr. House.

    Donations benefit restoration of the Tradesman House for a possible research/oral history library and gift shop.

    The costumes are from the collection of Carmen Baron, master artist and director of Danzacultura Mexicana, a folklorico group that has performed throughout the region, including numerous times at Canoa Ranch.
    Ballet Folkloricoi
    Ballet Folklorico or Baile Folklórico, literally "folkloric dance" in Spanish, is a collective term for traditional Mexican and Latin American dances that emphasize local folk culture combined with ballet characteristics - pointed toes, exaggerated movements, and highly choreographed arrangements. Mexican folk dance has had an important impact on the culture of the United States, especially in Mexican-American communities. 

    Carmen Baron has long been active in teaching Mexican folk dance as well as sewing almost all the costumes for her students and other dance groups. Carmen has received an award from The Southwest Folk Alliance for keeping the tradition of Mexican folk dance alive. 

    A 2018 video documentary on Danzacultura Mexicana produced by Arizona Public Media won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

    In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013.

    For more information, visit pima.gov/CanoaRanch